Just Say No! to No! No!

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Greetings World!

As many woman would agree finding a solution to the depilatory nightmare that plagues our bikini lines, legs, underarms, and even our chinny chin chins is beyond exasperating. I am convinced that I have an unusually high amount of overly sensitive nerve endings on my skin which is why waxing, plucking nor zapping will never be my go to solution. So, I am a shaver, and to my fellow shavers I understand that shaving in itself causes additional problems seeing as how not only will you have to fight against razor burn and unsightly hair bumps but the hair grows back at an even faster rate!
Alas! a new product hits the market and after waiting a good 6-12 months prior to testing it out (enough time to see any adverse effects and that of course–no one dies!) I am finally ready to try this No! No! Hair Removal System. This hand held depilatory device that purports to PAINLESSLY remove hair from virtually anywhere on your body for the long term with the hair that grows back being a lot less and finer than before…over time. Hmmm.., okay I’m interested…naturally. So, first things first; I have learned that when shopping “as seen on TV” one should always check the reviews first…and on multiple websites whenever possible!

Results: Unfortunately, ladies we must keep searching because this product is not the one! After researching the many online reviews (most of which were negative) I feel this one summed them all up the best and most proficiently:

By Science Fan – No!no! Hair Removal Unit, Pink (Health and Beauty)
After using this device for a short time I have comeup with a better option. Just go out and buy a cigarrette lighter. Flick it and let the flame burn off your hair and probably some skin as well. That’s about the same effect you get from this piece of garbage. Burned skin, smell of burned hair all over the house and then rest assured, the hair will be back , so you will have to burn it off all over again.

Conclusions & Recommendations: Normally, I would test a product like this myself however burned skin is where I must draw the line in the name of beauty and science!

Standby for more product reviews in future blogs by The Advice Nurse

Get Active.

The CDC recommends 150 minutes of moderate or vigorous effort

10 minutes at a time is fine

150 minutes each week sounds like a lot of time, but you don’t have to do it all at once. Not only is it best to spread your activity out during the week, but you can break it up into smaller chunks of time during the day. As long as you’re doing your activity at a moderate or vigorous effort for at least 10 minutes at a time.

Give it a try.

Try going for a 10-minute brisk walk, 3 times a day, 5 days a week. This will give you a total of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity.

Aerobic activity.

Aerobic activity or “cardio” gets you breathing harder and your heart beating faster. From pushing a lawn mower, to taking a dance class, to biking to the store – all types of activities count. As long as you’re doing them at a moderate or vigorous intensity for at least 10 minutes at a time.

Intensity is how hard your body is working during aerobic activity.

How do you know if you’re doing light, moderate, or vigorous intensity aerobic activities?
For most people, light daily activities such as shopping, cooking, or doing the laundry doesn’t count toward the guidelines. Why? Your body isn’t working hard enough to get your heart rate up.

Moderate-intensity aerobic activity means you’re working hard enough to raise your heart rate and break a sweat. One way to tell is that you’ll be able to talk, but not sing the words to your favorite song. Here are some examples of activities that require moderate effort:

  • Walking fast
  • Doing water aerobics
  • Riding a bike on level ground or with few hills
  • Playing doubles tennis
  • Pushing a lawn mower

Vigorous-intensity aerobic activity means you’re breathing hard and fast, and your heart rate has gone up quite a bit. If you’re working at this level, you won’t be able to say more than a few words without pausing for a breath. Here are some examples of activities that require vigorous effort:

  • Jogging or running
  • Swimming laps
  • Riding a bike fast or on hills
  • Playing singles tennis
  • Playing basketball

You can do moderate- or vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, or a mix of the two each week. A rule of thumb is that 1 minute of vigorous-intensity activity is about the same as 2 minutes of moderate-intensity activity.

Some people like to do vigorous types of activity because it gives them about the same health benefits in half the time. If you haven’t been very active lately, increase your activity level slowly. You need to feel comfortable doing moderate-intensity activities before you move on to more vigorous ones. The guidelines are about doing physical activity that is right for you.

For more info visit http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/guidelines/adults.html

Health ConScience

Vitamin D

The major biologic function of vitamin D is to maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus. Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium, helping to form and maintain strong bones.

Recent research shows vitamin D may also provide protection from osteoporosis, hypertension (high blood pressure), cancer, and several autoimmune diseases.

Populations at a high risk for vitamin D deficiencies include the elderly, obese individuals, exclusively breastfed infants, and those who have limited sun exposure. Also, individuals who have fat malabsorption syndromes (e.g., cystic fibrosis) or inflammatory bowel disease (e.g., Crohn’s disease) are at risk.

In the absence of adequate solar UVB light vitamin D can be found in fortified food, oily fish, vitamin D supplements, and artificial sources of UVB radiation.

Sunlight 

The sun also contributes significantly to the daily production of vitamin D, Just 10 minutes of exposure is thought to be enough to prevent deficiencies

Vitamin D is found in many dietary sources such as fish, eggs, fortified milk, and cod liver oil.

Supplements

5 micrograms (200 IU or International Units) daily for all individuals (males, female, pregnant/lactating women) under the age of 50 years-old.

Individuals ages 50-70 years-old should take

10 micrograms daily (400 IU) is recommended. For those who are over 70 years-old,

15 micrograms daily (600 IU) is suggested.

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Hello world!

The Advice Nurse blog allows for a platform to share health information and resources to the general public. The Advice Nurse is a trained Emergency Room Nurse working in the Greater Los Angeles area for the past several years. She is actively seeking her Advance Practice Nursing License at a local university to practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner in her community. An active member of her community, The Advice Nurse finds time to volunteer at local health fairs and stay connected with current issues of the public. Passionate about health awareness, the goal of this blog is to get information and resources to the general public regarding common everyday health concerns, health conditions, food and nutrition information, and how and why moving our bodies is essential to health. The Advice Nurse comments on current HOT health topics and current health trends, issues, and new research topics are also discussed. Additionally, healthy recipes are reviewed, prepared, and shared! The Advice Nurse welcomes comments and suggestions for new topics to blog!